Central South Dakota is a wing shooter's paradise. The rush of beating wings brings heart-pounding excitement for game bird hunters.
In this sea of prairie grasses live the greater prairie chicken, the sharptail grouse, and the ringneck pheasant. All are birds that offer some of the most challenging wing shooting in North America. A good hunting dog and a solid horse are valuable companions for finding birds.
The prairie grouse offers the thrill of hunting at its best, in a place largely unchanged since the bison, elk, wolves, and mountain lions roamed the prairie.
Hunting with Tinker Kennels and The Rocking Horses Hunt Club is a step back into history, a hundred years or more to the time when sharptails and prairie chickens were the great game birds of the American grasslands. The Club is unique in offering specialized horseback hunting for chickens and sharptails. A day on the prairie with horses and setters is a day spent in the oldest and finest tradition of upland hunting in the West.
We invite our hunters to bring their own dogs on the hunt for an unparalleled opportunity. Your dogs and our dogs will provide an outstanding bird-dog hunting experience in a perfect coordination of hunter, dog and game bird.
A horseback hunt is work. Not really. It is just plain fun. However, it is physically demanding. Our dogs are well trained and our horses are perfect gentlemen. That being said, you will burn an easy 700 calories per hour when you are riding. More when Jeff makes you get off the horse and stomp for the birds. If you don't ride on a regular basis, no amount of saddle padding is going to save your tired muscles. The best part is, the tired muscles will be ones you didn't even know you had. What we're getting at is that while this is an experience of the grandest, you might be feeling it when we're done. :)